Simon Gawesworth will be gracing us with a weekend filled with two handed casting. We will have a one day “introduction” class and a one day “improver” (intermediate) class. We are very excited to have Simon with us here for the weekend and hope you can make it.
Limited spaces are available, email the shop to reserve your spot!! If you can’t make it for the Clinic, Simon will be at the shop Friday afternoon for a meet and greet answering questions.
Friday, the 6th of October
We will be having a meet and greet at the shop with Simon. Snacks, drinks and good times will be provided.
The Clinics will be $350 per day and will include drinks and lunch on the water.
Saturday, the 7th of October
The first day of the classes focuses on the “introduction” of spey & switch casting, it will also be a very beneficial day for beginners who are still trying to find their cast, as well as first timers.
Sunday, the 8th of October
The “improver” class, focusing on more technical casting and advanced switch & spey techniques. Anglers with novice experience will really benefit from this class as well as the “introduction” class.
Simon learnt to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father – well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven British casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships.
With the collapse of the British Casting Association and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain.
During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on Spey casting and fly casting instruction.
He is a FFF Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor and also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK.
Simon lives in SW Washington and works for RIO Products, where he designs and tests fly lines, as well as being the Brand Manager for RIO. He conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world.
Simon is married with two children.